At least 14 folks lifeless throughout Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia on account of intense heatwave | EUROtoday

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At least 14 Jordanian pilgrims have died through the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia amid scorching temperatures.

Jordan’s overseas ministry stated 14 of its nationals had died “after suffering sunstroke due to the extreme heat wave” through the efficiency of the hajj rituals.

They additionally stated 17 others have been lacking and searches have been persevering with for them.

Jordan stated it was coordinating with the Saudi authorities for the ultimate rituals of the lifeless in Saudi Arabia, or transferring them to Jordan.

Saudi Arabia noticed temperatures attain 47C on Sunday with temperatures no less than 1.5 to 2C greater in Mecca and Medina, the 2 cities on the coronary heart of Hajj pilgrimage. This yr, greater than 1.8 million Muslim pilgrims have been anticipated to reach, in response to the Saudi General Authority for Statistics.

Muslim pilgrims rest in Muzdalifah, on the second day of the annual hajj pilgrimage, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, 15 June 2024
Muslim pilgrims relaxation in Muzdalifah, on the second day of the annual hajj pilgrimage, close to the holy metropolis of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, 15 June 2024 (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

“The expected climate for Hajj this year will witness an increase in average temperatures of 1.5 to 2 degrees [Celsius] above normal in Mecca and Medina,” the top of the Saudi National Meteorology Centre, Ayman Ghulam, warned final week.

Several rituals through the pilgrimage are carried out on foot with lengthy walks, making it more durable for susceptible and aged through the heatwaves.

Earlier, 5 pilgrims from Iran misplaced their lives, the Iranian Red Crescent chief, Pir Hossein Kolivand, stated.

Muslim pilgrims gather at top of the rocky hill known as the Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat, during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, 15 June 2024
Muslim pilgrims collect at high of the rocky hill referred to as the Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat, through the annual Hajj pilgrimage, close to the holy metropolis of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, 15 June 2024 (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Mohammed Al-Abdulaali, a spokesperson for the Saudi well being ministry, instructed reporters that greater than 2,760 pilgrims suffered from sunstroke and warmth stress on Sunday alone.

No extra data on fatalities was supplied. The searing temperatures have been anticipated to proceed on Monday on the day of Eid-al-Adha.

Authorities stated they’ve set-up local weather managed areas and distributing water bottles to pilgrims. The pilgrimage will proceed until Wednesday.

The Saudi well being ministry additionally issued an advisory, asking pilgrims to remain hydrated and keep away from being open air through the hottest hours of the day between 10am and 4pm.

Stampedes, tent fires, warmth and different components have triggered a whole bunch of deaths through the pilgrim over the previous 30 years.

Muslim pilgrims arrive at at the Plain of Arafat during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, 14 June 2024
Muslim pilgrims arrive at on the Plain of Arafat through the annual Hajj pilgrimage, close to the holy metropolis of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Friday, 14 June 2024 (Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Last yr, no less than 240 folks died however explanation for the loss of life wasn’t specified. And within the worst Hajj catastrophe, a lethal crush in 2015 killed greater than 2,000 folks.

Temperatures throughout Asia have been brutally scorching this yr from the beginning of April. Scientists stated heatwaves in south and southeast Asia in addition to Middle East in April have been made worse on account of man-made local weather disaster.

South Asia remains to be reeling underneath lethal warmth with a whole bunch of deaths reported in India as temperatures touched 50C.

https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/hajj-deaths-2024-heatwave-eid-al-adha-b2563715.html